[ pik-sid-ee-uhm ]
/ pɪkˈsɪd i əm /
noun, plural pyx·id·i·a [pik-sid-ee-uh]. /pɪkˈsɪd i ə/. Botany.
a seed vessel that opens transversely, the top part acting as a lid, as in the purslane.
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Origin of pyxidium
1825–35; <New Latin <Greek pyxídion a little box, equivalent to pyxid- (stem of pyxís) a box + -ion diminutive noun suffix
Words nearby pyxidium
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Example sentences from the Web for pyxidium
Pyxis, Pyxidium, a pod opening round horizontally by a lid, 124.The Elements of Botany|Asa Gray
British Dictionary definitions for pyxidium
/ (pɪkˈsɪdɪəm) /
noun plural -ia (-ɪə) or pyxides (ˈpɪksɪˌdiːz)
the dry fruit of such plants as the plantain: a capsule whose upper part falls off when mature so that the seeds are released
Word Origin for pyxidium
C19: via New Latin from Greek puxidion a little box, from puxis box, pyx
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